The Friends of the Symphony is a nonprofit organization whose purpose shall be to support and promote the growth of the Fort Collins Symphony financially, socially, and educationally.
Since its inception in 1963, the Friends have donated over one million dollars to the Fort Collins Symphony, created numerous initiatives and educational outreach programs, and worked to advance a culture of arts in our community for the benefit of persons of all ages and musical interests. Friends of the Symphony members apply their interests and skills in a variety of ways in our fundraisers, education events, member meetings, and activities. For more information and/or to join, visit: fcsymphony.org/fos/
FoS programs include:
- The Meet the Artist series provides an opportunity for music lovers to spend an informal evening to meet an FCS guest artist. Learn about their music and experience an intimate performance at a volunteer’s home or other small venue.
- Composer Talks are held prior to each Signature Concert to help audiences learn about the details of each composer. Hosted by CSU Professor Dr. Dawn Grapes.
- The Youth Education Series for Families (YES) is an annual education event where children, families, and anyone interested in music are encouraged to learn about the instruments of the orchestra through a family-friendly performance.
- The Friends of the Symphony Endowed Chair Program totals over $596,000 and resides in a balanced pool at the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado. Interest from this fund supports orchestra musician salaries. In 1999, Kay Edwards set a goal of endowing 36 musician chairs. After 22 years of hard work, Kay not only met her goal in 2021, she exceeded it by one with a total of 37 endowed musician chairs. The Fort Collins Symphony Association is deeply grateful for Kay’s vision and commitment to supporting the orchestra.
NEW! Sharyn H. & Larry J. Salmen Third Horn Endowed Chair:
In 2021, Sharyn H. & Larry J. Salmen endowed this chair to honor all of the friendships made during Women’s Guild of the Fort Collin Symphony (Friends of the Symphony) fundraisers, educational programs, and membership events. Through their efforts, Sharyn—a Past President and Honorary Life Member—and Larry have supported the performance of live symphonic music in the community. For the Salmens, “It’s all been about the Music!”
NEW! Mary A. Kopco Second Flute Endowed Chair:
Friends of Mary A. Kopco established an endowed chair to commemorate her outstanding dedication, devotion, and diligence as Executive Director of the Fort Collins Symphony since February 2015. Ms. Kopco has focused extraordinary attention and exceptional creativity to all aspects of her position, including budgeting, grant-writing, programming, and organizational management. May this chair be a constant expression of gratitude for her excellent leadership in the FCS.
NEW! Paisley Pettine Second Trombone Endowed Chair:
Dr. Kenneth Pettine endowed this chair in honor of his wife, Paisley. Paisley has served with great joy for many years as a board member of the FCSA. As a long-time Pilates instructor, she understands how both physical movement and music sustain, inspire, soothe and heal the body and the soul.
To see all 37 endowed orchestra chairs, please visit: fcsymphony.org/fos/fundraising/